Four Questions to Consider About Investing in a Stand Alone Power System for Your Remote Piece of Land

If you are considering buying a remote property to put a hunting or holiday cabin on, you may be wondering if you can meet your power needs with a standalone power system. In most cases, to determine in that's feasible, you will need to work through a number of questions. Here are some points to consider:

1. Does your standalone system need to be a backup or primary system?

In some remote areas, the plot of land you are buying may be able to be connected to the main power system. In that case, you may only need a standalone system to use as backup during outages caused by storms or winds. However, in other areas, there may be no way to connect to the grid, and in that case, you need a standalone system that can meet all of your needs. Typically, a system that powers your whole cabin is going to need to be more powerful than a backup system.  

2. How many appliances and electronics do you plan to power?

Before you can choose a standalone power system, you need to determine how many appliances and electronics you want to run. If you plan to build a small cabin that only needs a couple light bulbs and maybe an outlet to charge your smartphone, you may not need a large battery.

However, if you are planning to run a house full of appliances such as dishwashers, kitchen appliances, a hot water tank and other items, you will need  a powerful battery. Ideally, you should make a list of the items you plan to power with your standalone system before you talk with a salesperson about systems.

3. Do you have space for battery storage?

Once your technician has directed you to the right size of battery, you will need to think of a place to store your battery. Batteries need to be in secure areas, and you need to ensure you have enough space. That can affect the building plan you have for your cabin.

4. How much room do you have for solar panels?

Solar panels typically charge the batteries in stand alone power systems. You have to take into account how much room you have for solar panels. You can put them on the roof of your cabin, or if you have a large flat piece of land, you can scatter them about. Unfortunately, if you don't have ample room to place your solar panels, you may have to pare back on how many appliances you get to run.

Once you have collected the answers to these questions, you have a good sense of your needs, and you should contact an expert.